Jaipur Pink Panthers held a healthy lead going into the last minute of the match, but Sonu and Dong Geon Lee put on inspiring performances and helped Gujarat Giants tie the game 51-51 in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9. Sonu scored 14 points, while captain Lee contributed 10 points at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.
Parteek Dahiya pulled off a Super Raid as Gujarat Giants took the lead at 6-3 in the 4th minute. The all-rounder continued to effect raids and reduced the Panthers to just two players on the mat. Moments later, the Giants inflicted an All-Out and took a big lead at 13-7 in the 7th minute. But the Panthers soon tackled Dong Geon Lee and stayed in the game at 11-13. Abhishek KS and Deepak Singh picked up tackle points, but the Giants still held the lead at 17-15.
Parteek Dahiya pulled off a magnificent multi-point raid to catch out Deepak Singh and Abhishek KS and help the Giants extend their lead further. However, Rahul Chaudhari executed a couple of raids and helped the Panthers reach within touching distance of the Giants' score at 20-21. Thereafter, the Panthers tackled Mahendra Rajput and levelled the score at 21-21 on the stroke of halftime.
In the second half, the Panthers pulled off an All-Out in the 24th minute and went ahead at 29-26. Thereafter, Arjun Deshwal picked up a few raid points as the Panthers continued to stay in front at 37-32. The Panthers pulled off another All-Out in the 32nd minute and took a stronghold in the match at 43-33.
Deshwal effected a multi-point raid soon after as the Panthers continued to forge ahead. Sonu then effected a few raids for the Giants, but the Panthers still held the lead at 49-44 in the 39th minute. However, Sonu continued to shine as the Giants inflicted an All-Out soon after. Moments later, Lee effected a magnificent raid in the dying seconds of the match and helped his team tie the game in the end.
Best Raider - Sonu (12 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Rinku Narwal (3 Tackle Points)
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Best Raider - Arjun Deshwal (17 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Ankush (5 Tackle Points)
Where to watch vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 LIVE?
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